November 8, 2013

International Stout Day

“May your glass be ever full. May the roof over your head be always strong. And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you’re dead." - an Irish Toast 

It's International Stout Day!

It wasn't until my mid-twenties that I really started to appreciate beer. Up until that point I had been "allergic" to hops (which was my seemingly perfect excuse to getting out of drinking the stuff. Was I really allergic? Wouldn't you be if you weighed just a buck twenty and pounded eight Coors Light in under two hours your very first time drinking with college frat boys?).

After enough time had passed, my body seemed to once again be receptive to brews. I'm not sure if it was a Founder's Breakfast Stout, a Young's Double Chocolate Stout, or a Ninkasi Oatmeal Stout that  did it (I'm a huge fan of all three to this day, by the way), but I quickly became a huge fan of stouts (then eventually fruity beers, and now I'm obsessed with Belgian whites). They had an intensely creamy mouth feel and were flavorful, too - something other beers didn't seem to be in my opinion. Today I'm celebrating with a local brew - Maine Beer Company's "Mean Old Tom" which is a stout aged with organic vanilla beans. Beautiful caramel-colored head, just the right lacing, and rich hints of cocoa. Can it be International Stout Day everyday?!

Stouts are dark beers which are made from usually roasted malts or barley. The term "stout" used to refer to the "strong" (in reference to the beer) in the 14th century; even today loads of people are under the impression that stouts are "heavy" and therefore both filling and calorific. When I worked for Guinness, I was constantly fighting this since Guinness - probably the world's best known and loved stout - comes in at just 125 calories per 12 ounce pint.

Today was created by "The Beer Goddess", Erin Peters, as a way for everyone in the world to enjoy a pint. Be sure to tag your photos, posts, or blogs with #StoutDay! And, for more information, check out StoutDay.com.

Cheers!

Happy International Stout Day!